Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico | Oceana USA

Grassroots Opposition to Offshore Drilling and Exploration in the Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Overview

East Coast communities strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration, including seismic airgun blasting—an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface—because these activities threaten their economic well-being and quality of life.  Along the Atlantic coast, communities rely on healthy ocean ecosystems to support jobs in fishing, recreation and tourism.

As of February 2018, more than 160 East Coast municipalities and over 1,200 local, state and federal elected officials have opposed offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration. Nearly all the Governors along the East and West coasts - Republicans and Democrats alike - have expressed concerns with and/or opposition to expanded oil and gas exploration, development, and production off their coasts, including the Governors of Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Along the Atlantic Coast, numerous fishing and tourism interests, including local chambers of commerce, tourism and restaurant associations, and an alliance representing over 41,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families from Florida to Maine, also strongly oppose oil exploration and/or development off the East Coast.

Additionally, the New England, South Atlantic, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils have all expressed concerns about the risks posed by seismic surveys and oil and gas development to managed resources, fisheries and coastal communities in the Atlantic. Finally, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Florida Defense Support Task Force have all expressed concerns about expanded offshore oil and gas development threatening their ability to perform critical activities.


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Where the movement began: Kure Beach, North Carolina, a picturesque tourist destination known for its small town atmosphere and the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast, was ground zero in the fight against offshore oil exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. This tiny spit of sand that 2,000 people call home sparked a movement that has spread like wildfire up and down the East Coast. On January 27, 2014, more than 300 residents showed up to protest the mayor's position on seismic airgun blasting. Check out the video of the meeting, and read more on our blog.

Ever since that fateful night in January, opposition to seismic airgun blasting and Atlantic drilling has been mounting. Members of Congress and East Coast Governors need to hear from the people who will be most affected by seismic blasting and offshore drilling -- and that's where you come in. We have some great momentum, but we're only going to #StopTheDrill if more of us take up the call, and urge our elected officials to #ProtectOurCoast. Check out all the opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration and development, spread the word and join the movement!

 

Additional Resources

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Municipalities and Counties

  1. Accomack County, VA: Passed 4/15/2009 (offshore drilling); Voted to send letter 2/12/2016 (offshore drilling)
  2. Apalachicola, FLPassed 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  3. Atlanta, GA: Passed 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  4. Atlantic Beach, FL: Passed 9/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  5. Atlantic Beach, NCPassed 11/23/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  6. Atlantic Beach, SC: Passed 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  7. Atlantic City, NJ: Passed 4/9/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  8. Avalon, NJPassed 10/12/2016 (seismic blasting)
  9. Bald Head Island, NC: Passed 8/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  10. Baltimore, MD: Passed 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  11. Barnegat, NJ: Passed 7/28/2014 (seismic blasting)
  12. Beach Haven, NJ: Passed 8/11/2014 (seismic blasting)
  13. Beachwood, NJ: Passed 7/16/2014 (seismic blasting)
  14. Beaufort, NC: Passed 8/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  15. Beaufort, SC: Passed 2/10/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  16. Belville, NC: Passed 3/7/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  17. Berkeley, NJ: Passed 1/22/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  18. Berlin, MD: Passed 1/25/2016 (seismic blasting)
  19. Bethany Beach, DEPassed 3/18/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  20. Bonita Springs, FL: Passed 4/1/2015 (seismic blasting)
  21. Bradley Beach, NJ: Passed 3/11/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  22. Briarcliffe Acres, SC: Passed 10/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  23. Brick, NJ: Passed 1/30/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  24. Brigantine, NJ: Passed 3/18/2015 (seismic blasting)
  25. Brookhaven, NY: Sent letter 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  26. Broward County, FL: Passed 4/10/2010 (offshore drilling)
  27. Brunswick, GA: Passed 5/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  28. Cape Canaveral, FL: Passed 12/15/2009 (offshore drilling); Passed 4/15/2014 (seismic blasting)
  29. Cape Coral, FLPassed 2/8/2016 (seismic blasting)
  30. Cape May County, NJPassed 8/9/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed 1/23/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  31. Carolina Beach, NC: Passed 2/28/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  32. Carolina Shores, NC: Passed 10/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  33. Carrboro, NC: Passed 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  34. Caswell Beach, NC: Passed 3/31/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed 10/14/2015 (offshore drilling)
  35. Cedar Point, NCPassed 1/26/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  36. Chapel Hill, NC: Passed 9/28/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  37. Charleston, SC: Passed 3/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  38. Charleston County, SC: Passed 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  39. Clearwater, FL: 2/13/2018
  40. Cocoa Beach, FLPassed 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  41. Collier County, FL: Passed 1/9/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  42. Columbia, SC: Passed 5/5/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  43. Dare County, NC: Passed 12/5/2005 (offshore drilling); Passed 4/6/2015 (offshore drilling); Passed 2/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  44. Dewey Beach, DE: Passed 12/12/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  45. Duck, NC: Passed 9/2/2009 (offshore drilling)
  46. East Hampton, NY: Passed 8/17/2017 (offshore drilling)
  47. Edisto Beach, SC: Passed 5/8/2014 (seismic blasting)
  48. Emerald Isle, NC: Passed 4/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed 10/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  49. Escambia County, FLPassed 5/4/2017 (offshore drilling)
  50. Fenwick Island, DE: Passed 1/22/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  51. Fernandina Beach, FL: Passed 12/2/2014 (seismic blasting)
  52. Flagler County, FL: Passed 5/18/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  53. Folly Beach, SC: Passed 3/10/15 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  54. Ft. Lauderdale, FL: Passed 4/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  55. Ft. Myers Beach, FL: Passed 4/6/2015 (seismic blasting)
  56. Ft. Walton Beach, FL: Passed 6/27/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  57. Georgetown, SC: Passed 4/16/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  58. Georgetown County, SC: Passed 7/25/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  59. Gulfport, FL: Passed 9/15/2009 (offshore drilling)
  60. Hilton Head, SC: Voted to send letter to BOEM 3/25/2015 (offshore drilling); Voted to send letter to the State's Department of Health and Environmental Control 3/19/2015 (seismic blasting)
  61. Hinesville, GA: Passed 3/17/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  62. Holden Beach, NC: Passed 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting) 
  63. Holly Ridge, NC: Passed 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  64. Horry County, SC: Passed 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  65. Indialantic, FL: Passed 1/7/2015 (seismic blasting)
  66. Indian Harbor Beach, FL: Passed 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  67. Indian River County, FL: Passed 12/8/2015 (seismic blasting)
  68. Islamorada, FL: Passed 9/8/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  69. Isle of Palms, SC: Passed 2/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  70. Isle of Wight, VA: Passed 2/15/2018
  71. Jacksonville Beach, FL: Passed 3/16/2015 (seismic blasting)
  72. James Island, SC: Passed 3/19/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  73. Kiawah Island, SC: Passed 5/5/15 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  74. Kill Devil Hills, NC:  Passed 6/9/2014 (offshore drilling)
  75. Kingsland, GA: Passed 4/13/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  76. Kitty Hawk, NC: Passed 9/12/2005 (offshore drilling and exploration)
  77. Kure Beach, NC: Passed 1/19/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  78. Lake Worth, FL: Passed 12/15/2009 (offshore drilling)
  79. Lavallette, NJ: Passed 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling)
  80. Lewes, DE: Passed 11/9/2015 (seismic blasting)
  81. Manasquan, NJ: Passed 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  82. Manteo, NC: Passed 5/7/2014 (seismic blasting)
  83. Marco Island, FL: Passed 3/15/2010 (offshore drilling)
  84. Martin County, FL: Sent letter 7/30/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  85. McClellanville, SC: Passed 5/4/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  86. Melbourne, FL: Passed 1/13/2015 (seismic blasting)
  87. Melbourne Beach, FL: Passed 9/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  88. Miami, FL: Passed 1/25/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  89. Miami Beach, FL: Passed 9/10/2008 (offshore drilling); Passed 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling)
  90. Miami-Dade County, FL: Passed 6/20/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  91. Milton, DEPassed 2/24/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  92. Monmouth, NJ: Passed 2/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  93. Monroe County, FL: Passed 4/12/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  94. Montgomery County, MD: Passed 3/1/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  95. Morehead City, NC: Passed 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  96. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Passed 5/13/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  97. Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed 8/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting); Passed 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  98. Nags Head, NC: Passed 4/2/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed 7/2/2014 (offshore drilling)
  99. Nantucket, MA: Passed 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  100. Naples, FL: Passed 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  101. Neptune Beach, FL: Passed 11/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  102. New Hanover County, NC: Passed 1/22/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  103. New Jersey State League of Municipalities: Sent letter 1/30/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  104. New Smyrna Beach, FL: Passed 12/9/2014 (seismic blasting)
  105. Norfolk, VA: Passed 7/18/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  106. North Myrtle Beach, SC: Passed 8/17/2015 (offshore drilling)
  107. North Redington Beach, FL: Passed 1/10/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  108. North Wildwood, NJPassed 8/16/2016 (seismic blasting); Passed 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  109. Northampton County, VA: Passed 3/8/2016 (offshore drilling)
  110. Oak Island, NC: Passed 4/29/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern); Passed 9/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  111. Oakland Park, FL: Passed 7/19/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  112. Ocean City, MD: Passed 9/21/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  113. Ocean County, NJ: Passed 1/17/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting); Ocean County Mayors' Association: Passed 1/23/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  114. Ocean Isle, NC: Passed 10/13/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  115. Orange County, NC: Passed 9/1/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  116. Oriental, NC: Passed 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  117. Palm Beach County, FL: Passed in 2010 (offshore drilling)
  118. Pawleys Island, SC: Passed 9/14/2015 (offshore drilling, proclamation)
  119. Pensacola, FLPassed 5/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  120. Pine Knoll Shores, NC: Passed 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  121. Pinellas County, FL: 2/5/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  122. Point Pleasant Beach, NJ: 1/16/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  123. Port Royal, SC: Passed 2/11/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  124. Porterdale, GA: Passed 9/6/2016 (offshore drilling)
  125. Punta Gorda, FL: Passed 2/3/2016 (seismic blasting)
  126. Red Bank, NJ: Passed 3/12/2014 (seismic blasting)
  127. Redington Beach, FL: Passed 2/7/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  128. Rehoboth Beach, DE: Passed 1/15/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  129. Rockville, SC: Passed 4/20/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  130. Sanibel, FL: Passed 12/6/2016 (seismic blasting)
  131. Sarasota, FL: Passed 10/5/2009 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  132. Satellite Beach, FL: Passed 11/5/2014 (seismic blasting)
  133. Savannah, GA: Passed 4/30/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  134. Sea Bright, NJ: Passed 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  135. Seabrook Island, SC Mayor and Councilmembers: Voted to send letter 5/8/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  136. South Bethany, DE: Passed 6/10/2016 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  137. South Miami, FL: Passed 11/7/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  138. Southampton, NY: Passed 8/22/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  139. Southern Shores, NC: Passed 1/4/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  140. Southport, NC: Passed 5/8/2014 (seismic blasting); Passed 8/13/2015 (offshore drilling)
  141. Space Coast League of Cities, FL: Passed 2/9/2015 (seismic blasting)
  142. St. Augustine, FL: Updated 4/14/2014 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  143. St. James, NC: Passed 5/6/2014 (seismic blasting, resolution of concern)
  144. St. Johns County, FL Commissioners: Sent letter 4/3/2014 (seismic blasting)
  145. St. Lucie County, FL: Sent letter 8/11/2017 (offshore drilling)
  146. St. Marys, GAPassed 2/2/2015 (seismic blasting, proclamation)
  147. St. Petersburg, FL: Passed 4/17/2014 (seismic blasting)
  148. Stone Harbor, NJ: Passed 7/19/2016 (seismic blasting)
  149. Sullivan's Island, SC:  Passed 3/17/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  150. Sunset Beach, NC: Passed 6/30/2014 (seismic blasting)
  151. Surf City, NC: Passed 8/4/2015  (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  152. Surfside Beach, SC: Passed 9/22/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  153. Swansboro, NC: Passed 11/24/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  154. Titusville, FL: Passed 1/12/2010 (offshore drilling)
  155. Topsail Beach, NC: Passed 4/23/2014 (seismic blasting)
  156. Treasure Island, FL: Passed 2/6/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  157. Tybee Island, GAPassed 1/15/2015 (seismic blasting); Passed 9/10/2015 (offshore drilling)
  158. Vero Beach, FL: Passed 11/17/2015 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  159. Virginia Beach, VA: Passed 6/20/2017 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling); Passed 1/25/2018 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  160. Washington, DC: Passed 2/19/2016 (seismic blasting and offshore drilling)
  161. West Cape May, NJ: Passed 1/24/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  162. West Melbourne, FL: Passed 2/3/2015 (seismic blasting)
  163. West Wildwood, NJ: Passed 8/5/2016 (seismic blasting)
  164. Wildwood Crest, NJ: Passed 1/8/2018 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  165. Wilmington, NC: Passed 7/21/2015 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  166. Wilton Manors, FL: Passed 3/14/2017 (offshore drilling and seismic blasting)
  167. Wrightsville Beach, NC: Passed 9/9/2010 (offshore drilling)

 

Business Interests

 

Fishing Groups

 

Elected Officials and Key Stakeholders

Southeast

Mid-Atlantic

Pacific

  • Pacific Governors released statement condemning the federal decision to expand offshore drilling, including in Pacific waters 1/4/18 (offshore drilling)
  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee sent multiple letters to Secretary Zinke, including a letter signed by the Governors of California, Oregon, and Washington opposing any new proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Pacific 1/11/18 (offshore drilling)
  • Alaska Governor Bill Walker sent letter to Secretary Zinke requesting BOEM hold more hearings where lease sales have been proposed 1/19/18 (offshore drilling)

Multi-state

Military Stakeholders and NASA

 

Congressional Letters (chronological)

Editorials

 

Atlantic Drilling Media Briefer - November 3, 2016